Monday, December 6, 2010
Somewhere in the forests surrounding the ruins of Karna lie many a harad village...
I got some foamboard off my brother a while back, and had forgotten about it - but I saw it today and had some inspiration.
Here's how to get a stable building, with solid roof, that can be folded up and packed away, using printable thick (card) paper and some foamboard, and some toothpicks :)
Cut out foamboard to the shape of the roof pieces.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The rules and points:
http://simbattleboard.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-december-heroes-of-middle-selby.html The armies we are using: (I'm Harondor (Gondor) and Harad)
My brother came up with an idea of having a tournament, so we're coming up with a good and evil army each, at 250 points each (or close to), then have four battles, pitting each of the four armies against the other, with a series of hero 'oaths' (goals to achieve to gain points) and a number of things that can happen during a game earning points to that player. At the end of the four battles, the person with the most tournament points is the victor! Sounds like fun!
I'm still painting up some spearmen for my Harad entry, but here's a photo of my Gondor seletion for the tournament. I still haven't based the two heroes properly yet (lots of other painting at the moment) but I managed to paint up a Warrior of Numenor, which I use as a Captain (hero) for my Gondor forces.
Prince Isanmar of Harondor, and his retinue.
The southern realms of Gondor fall under assault by the Men of the South time and time again. Prince Isanmar of Harondor travels the lands of Free Men, searching for recruits to bolster Gondor’s southern realms. Along the way, his loyal retinue protects him from all manner of dangers – but when pressed, enemies will find that the Prince is no stranger to the ways of war!
(245 points Good Army)
1 x King of Men (Prince Isanmar of Harondor) with heavy armour and shield (Boromir figure)
1 x Captain of Minas Tirith (Captain of Harondor) with shield (Warrior of Numenor figure)
6 x Warriors of Minas Tirith with Swords and Shields (Isanmar’s Bodyguards)
8 x Warriors of Minas Tirith with Spears and Shields (Isanmar’s Bodyguards)
Friday, December 3, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Hopefully my tubs of flocking materials will arrive sometime soon.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
On the left miniature, all light and shade is simply light from the camera being reflected on the paint and surfaces of the model. So, depending on the light in the room, that miniature can have visible details, or be flat and devoid of any detail. The miniature on the right has the lighting and shading painted onto it, so the details are visible all the time, from any position.
This also shows how you don't have to paint a miniature from scratch to add detail to it. All my figures are just single-colour 'fill in the pieces' like on the left, but using a wash on those figures, then drybrushing and highlighting on top, performs an 'upgrade' without having to start all over with the figure.
To start with, I applied thick washes (citedal washes, like devlin mud and badab black) all over the miniatures. This causes all of the indents and creases to become visible. I then brush the initial paint colour back onto those parts of the miniature, but avoiding the creases so they stay dark. I then drybrush a lighter colour onto it, or very carefully paint the tips of raised surfaces in a bright colour.
Now they are much more fun to look at, with layers of colour, and all the features of the figure are now clearly visible even if sitting on the other side of the table.
Here's my first three 'almost complete' warriors, though I haven't based them yet (I'm waiting for a tub of citedal grass to come in the mail). I'm taking a break from warriors now to repaint my Hasharin assassin.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
To start off, I pulled out Suladan Mounted, applied a few washes, some drybrushing, touched up the paint in a few places, brightened the highlights, and gave him a nicer base. I'm still learning techniques for basing figures, but I'm starting to like how the bases are turning out now. Anyway, here's the latest version of my Suladan figure :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here I zoomed out to show its size in comparison to my table board.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
One of the collapsed buildings:
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Here's some cropped photos from today's battle. For more photos and a battle report, you'll have to check out my brother's LOTR blog report:
So here's some cropped photos from today's scenario!
My brother's Dwarven force for this scenario:
A pic showing some of the Stat cards I made for quick reference. They will eventually have photos of their appropriate miniature in the white space on the left of each card:
Some cropped photos from today's battle showing some of my forces:
Some of my brother's heavily armoured dwarves:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Basically, I loaded up my map image in a graphics program, and placed an enlarged top-down coastline photo on top of it, then used a fading/erasing tool to remove the land from the coastline and blend the water into my own terrain image. Then I cropped just the end of the map (where the coastline was) and saved it as a new image.
Printing it out, it can be laid on top of the end of the map, to create a seamless coastline addition! Or it could be used as the shoreline of a lake or wide river. I might make a second backdrop, so that if I place the water against my wall-end of the table, the backdrop has water leading off to the horizon with some blue sky and clouds, for an endless-ocean look.
Showing how it just lays on top of the map:
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Playing around with the camera and my minis, with the battle mat, scenery and backdrop. Because the mat is so gloss, any photo taken at ground level looks like things are floating on water, because the entire surface is reflective when looked at from so low, but a little cropping and close-up focus, and I love how this photo turned out!
Here's the War Mumak! Followed by some glowing Haradrim Spirits! They look even glowier in real life.
It's a bit blurry right up close from the enlargement, but great for standing back and looking at! Adds heaps of immersian to a tabletop game :)